Personal care

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Personal care items are toiletry items. These are products used by people to look after their bodies, and to improve their appearance. They are usually sold in chemist shops and supermarkets. Many celebrities use beauty products.

Products[change | change source]

Personal care includes products as diverse as cleansing pads, bandages, colognes, cotton swabs, cotton pads, deodorant, eye liner, facial tissue, hair clippers, lip gloss, lipstick, lotion, makeup, nail files, pomade, perfumes, razors, shaving cream, moisturizer, talcum powder, toilet paper, toothpaste, and wet wipes.

A Guide to Natural Skin Care Products[change | change source]

The one synthetic product I choose to avid is parabens, which you won't find in true natural skin care products. There are controversial studies about parabens. Some studies say they are OK and others say they are bad. I usually don't focus on the negative things in life, but when it comes to my health, I tend to look on the safety side and in the case of parabens, I steer clear of skin care products that contain them.

Here are a couple reports that I read that explain why I am choosing to caution on the safe side and buy natural skin care products. In the July 2002 issue of the Archives of Toxicology, Tokyo Metropolitan Research Laboratory of Public Health reported exposure of newborn male mammals to butylparaben "adversely affects the secretion of testosterone and the function of male reproductive system." So the question here is, why would any male want to take the risk of messing with the reproductive system of their body?

In a report by the United States Environmental Protection Agency entitled "Pharmaceuticals and Personal care Products in the Environment" Agents of Subtle Change?" reports that the chemical preservatives called parabens - methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl- displayed estrogen like activity in several tests. The hormone oestrogen is known to have a role in breast cancer, so the question here is, why would anyone want to rub this stuff on their skin where it can be absorbed into the body through the skin's pores, putting them at risk for breast cancer?

When I can find Natural skin care products that do a great job at moisturizing my skin, I will choose those over products that contain parabens. There are 100% free paraben products out there that will cleanse, moisturize, tone, and replenish my skin naturally.

Some ingredients I look for in my natural skin care products are:[change | change source]

· Natural Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol) an antioxidant which helps to reverse the effects of aging, by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and also helps prevent the appearance of age spots.

· Maracuja is a special passion fruit extract, unique to Brazil. It is an emollient which help to revitalize your skin and give it a smooth velvety feel.

· Grape seed Oil is a powerful antioxidant, which creates an invisible film on your skin to keep moisture in. It is good for repairing the skin around the eyes and helps to reduce stretch marks on the skin.

· Shea butter is used to soften the skin and soothes inflamed skin. Shea butter absorbs rapidly without leaving a greasy feeling. · Active Mānuka honey is rich in antioxidants and stimulates the immune system. This is a great ingredient to look for in a night cream, because it will help to restore and rejuvenate your skin while you sleep.